Kayaking – Chatfield State Park, Colorado

For the first time on my life I had a company paid holiday on the day after Easter. So, Monday April 6th, I decided to go kayaking, and since nobody else I knew (meaning paddlers) had the day off, I went alone. It was a gorgeous day. One of those where the air temp is 70 degrees, but you’re not so sure about the water. The reservoirs in Colorado get most of their water from melting snow up in the mountains, so   Continue reading

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Castlewood Canyon State Park – Hike

I awoke Friday morning, December 27th to some beautiful sunny weather. The high was expected to be in the upper 50’s maybe even reaching 60. I grabbed my shotgun, some shells and a mug of coffee and headed out to the Izaak Walton League shooting range to meet some friends for a round of sporting clays. With little breeze, lots of sunshine and the already warm temps by 10AM we were shedding our coats in no time at all and had a good time walking the course. Afterwards, we met up with some other guys who were shooting at the trap range. We talked for a bit and then decided to shoot a round of skeet. I’ve never been particularly good a skeet, but I always enjoy the challenge. I shot a 15 out of 25, which for me is pretty good. I think I have a tendency to over think skeet so it takes a bunch of misses before I get my mind “right’. Just as we’re finishing the skeet round, I get a text from Lisa, “How about a hike in Castlewood Canyon State park this afternoon?”. I reply, with a “sounds good” and head home.

I’ve never been to Castlewood Canyon State Park even though it’s not all that far from Colorado Springs. It’s basically east of Castle Rock, Colorado which means we can take State Highway 83 from Colorado Springs for 30 to 40 minutes right to the entrance.

The parking lot is up higher at the rim and most of the hikes traverse down into the canyon. The hiking, by Colorado standards, is easy . .  in my opinion.

Castlewood Canyon SP at the top

Castlewood Canyon SP at the top

Once down near the bottom and in the shaded areas, we encountered packed snow and ice on and off trail. The creek which I believe is called Cherry Creek was   Continue reading